Archive for the ‘Climate’ Category

Hot summer predicted for Spain

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Temperatures this summer in Spain are tentatively predicted to be well above average this year (2010). Rainfall, such as it is in the summer, is set to be normal. More here from Spanish weatherman Maldonado

Spring in Spain

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Spring officially began last Saturday at 18.32 Peninsular time and it promises to be beauty. The iberiantureforum people have been posting regular updates of the signs they see of spring. Follow all the updates here on the forum. Above photo of primroses by Phil James in the Pyrenees at about 1000m.

And Dave notes from León:

Absolutely gorgeous weather the last few days. A baby Blackbird fully fledged but with its yellow gape visible, feeding on the riverbank. The Black redstarts singing from the rooftops. A baby Sparrow being fed on the terrace. The rooks in the various colonies busily repairing their nests. A trip to get some soil for the pots, along with fertilizer for the roses and shrubs. Two mornings spent clearing up the terrace of plants that did not survive the winter. The roses pruned and showing their new shoots. Daffodils and Crocus in flower. Oh yes spring has arrived in León

Wettest winter for 51 years in Spain

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

The rainfall records for Spain keep tumbling. According to the latest provisional figures from Aemet, this winter has the wettest in Spain for the past 51 years (since 1959), and 43% more than the average for the benchmark period of 1971-2000. Andalucía, Catalonia and Castilla-La Mancha have seen the most precipitation (rain and snow). Reservoirs are now at 72% of capacity, which is 27% more than the average for the last 10 years. And more rain is expected. Público

Weather records in Spain in January

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

A number of weather records were smashed in Spain in January 2010. There will be more for February when they are published. (more…)

Rain in February in Spain

Monday, March 8th, 2010

According to the INM, February was the wettest for 30 years in Spain. See also rain in Andalucia in February. This comes after a very wet January. March has begun with heavy rains and snowfalls. When will it end?

Rain in Andalucia

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

The rains keep falling. Rainfall in Andalucia in February, after a very wet January, was THREE times as high as average in the last thirty years. Parts of Cadiz received more than 200mm. Recent records have been smashed across the region. More from El Periodico

See also Rainy Spain

Rainy Spain

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Precipitación enero 2010

This winter is proving remarkable wet. Precipitation this year in southern Spain has been so far the highest since 1963, with Sevilla receiving more rain than in the last 60 years. According to the INM, in Spain as a whole, January was 43% wetter than average for the period 1971-2000. The above map shows how this played across the country in terms of percentage of precipitation above average.  Albacete received for instance, more precipitation since 1941 when this series of records began. In the same province of  Castilla-La Mancha, the rains have helped save the much maligned Tablas de Damiel. Unsurprisingly, reservoirs are overflowing and many have had to open their gates. Temperatures have so far been normal.

Risk of drought exaggerated by the press

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Researchers from the University of Barcelona have  analysed all the articles published in the La Vanguardia newspaper between 1982 and 2007 linked to natural hazards, climate change and sustainable development. Over 25 years the press devoted more headlines to forest fires and droughts, even though floods are much more frequent and cause more damage. The article’s main author Carme Llasat comments:

If the press focus more on forest fires and droughts, then people also become more aware of these events, to such an extent that they are deemed a more significant hazard in the area and more frequent occurrences than they really are”

This is a fascinating study on how the media fuels the public perception of environmental hazards. More here

Warm October

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

Temperatura octubre 2009

Summer has seemingly refused to die this year in Spain. Official figures show that October was the fourth hottest since 1971, after 1995, 19997 and 2006. In some areas, temperature were as much three degrees above average. Rainfall was slightly below normal values.

These temperatures had been predicted at the start of the month. In a similar vein, temperatures in August in Spain were “extremely hot”, being the third highest since 1970 (2003 and 2005 were hotter).

Warm autumn predicted

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

The Spanish Meteorological Agency (AEMET) is predicting a warm autumn for 2009 with temperatures 1 to 1.5ºC above average, especially for the Mediterranean area. Precipitation figures are expected to be normal. In a similar vein, temperatures in August in Spain were “extremely hot”, being the third highest since 1970 (2003 and 2005 were hotter). The hottest temperature was recorded in Alcantarilla (Murcia) on 23 August with a scorching 45ºC. El Mundo